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Thousands attend the annual Quds Day rally on a very wet, bitterly cold,
winter morning in London, UK.

QUDS DAY
1424/2003

London 23rd November 2003


1 2 3 4 - Occupation No More
5 6 7 8 - Palestine Liberate


The Palestinian Flag is paraded

Al-Quds is the Arabic for Jerusalem, the Holy Land. Yawm-al Quds or Al-Quds Day is a day of solidarity with the oppressed Palestinians and all oppressed people in general. All over the world rallies and marches are held on this day, the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadhan. In the west rallies are usually held on the weekend following the Friday.


Mother and daughter challenge the weather and march for Palestine


Victory To Intifada


Flying the flag of victory

The history of Quds Day dates back to the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran 25 years ago. One of the first actions Imam Khomeini took as leader of the newly formed Islamic Republic was to cut off the supply of oil to the two apartheid regimes of Israel and South Africa and put sanctions on both of them. He inaugurated Al-Quds day as an integral part of Ramadhan so that Muslims would never forget their responsibility and duty towards Palestine and all oppressed people in the world.


A boy with a Palestinian flag around his shoulders carries an image
of Imam Khomeini who always championed the cause of Palestine



The oppressors are named and shamed -
Blair, Bush, Sharon and Saddam


Occupation of Iraq is not forgotten


Zionism is the new version of Nazism


Zionist Nazis are the same
Only difference is the name

In London this year Al-Quds day was held on Sunday 23rd November. The march commenced from Hyde Park down Park Lane, past Picadally Circus to culminate in a rally at Trafalgar Square.

[ see Poster for Quds Day ]


Liberation of Al-Quds grows out of a field of red tulips,
the red tulips represents the sacrifice of martyrs



A walking stick won't stop this elderly muslimah from walking
the 2 mile route of the march

The weather was particularly bad even for England, it was a chilly day with heavy rain pouring down the whole day. This reporter was drenched to the skin within 10 minutes, and the rain managed to enter the camera - luckily no perminant damage was done. Despite the weather thousands turned up to join the march - young and old, men and women, Muslims and non-Muslims, all united in solidarity with Palestine.


NETUREI KARTA:
JEWS AGAINST ZIONISM


A member of the Neutera Karta with a placard
"End of Zionism = End of World Terrorism",
Two Muslim sisters smile in agreement

Among the many non-Muslims who joined the Muslims on Quds Day were the familiar faces from the Neutera Karta - Jews Against Zionism. They have consistently shown themselves to be the leaders of the Jewish opposition to zionism. Over the years they have worked particularly closely with Muslim groups - a mutal respect for morality and reverence for God's commands have naturally brought the two communities together, both fighting injustice from a religious platform.


Listen to the crowd chant
"Zionism No Way, Judaism Is Okay"


A member of the Neutera Karta waves a Palestinian flag
in one hand and in the other holds a placard
"Stop the Zionist massacre and persecution of the Palestinians"


Rabbis from the Neturei Karta

Their message was eloquently conveyed from the well chosen words on their placards:

"Zionist spokesmen do not represent world Jewry"

"Jews true to their faith will never recognise zionist occupation in the Holy Land"

"Stop the Zionist massacre and persecution of the Palestinians"

"Give back to the Palestinians their land, homes and property"

"End of Zionism = End of World Terrorism"

 


Rabbis from the Neturei Karta under a canopy of
Palestinian and Hizbullah flags

Related Resources:

Listen to lecture by Rabbi Goldstein (Neturei Karta) on Judaism and Zionism

Listen to an interview with Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss, spokesperson for the Neturei Karta

 


A placard, showing the victims of zionism,
in one hand and an umbrella in the other..



Waving the flag of Hizbullah, families marching for Palestine


Mothers and their babes brave the weather


A united Ummah can defend al-Quds


Jews of the Neutera Karta unite with Muslims
against injustice - against Zionism.
Hizbullah flag flying high above them

The event was organised by the The Justice for Palestine Committee, a coalition consisting of the Islamic Centre of England, Islamic Human Rights Commission and other groups including Innovative Minds.


Massoud Shadjareh

Speaking on behalf of the Justice for Palestine Committee, Massoud Shadjareh first thanked everyone for attending the rally on such a wet day and then introduced Br Rohani who receited the Quran. "Mashallah, to have Quran echoing in this place [the centre of London] on such a day is a baraka in itself."

 

Begin with the
Wisdom of the Quran


Br. Rohani receiting verses from the Holy Quran

The rally started with a recitation of the Holy Quran in Arabic by brother Rohani. The first few verses of Surah Bani Israel were selected, followed by the short Surah, Al-Qadr (The Majesty) which has a particular relevance for Muslims during Ramadhan.

Surah Bani Israel begins with the words:

In the name of Allah,
the Beneficent, the Merciful

Glory be to Him Who made His servant
[Muhammad] to go on a night
from the Sacred Mosque [Ka'aba]
to the remote [Aqsa] Mosque
of which We have blessed the precincts,
so that We may show to him
some of Our signs;
surely He is the Hearing,
the Seeing...


Download (shift-click) recital (real audio 7 min 29 sec 922Kb)


Stop Genocide in Palestine



Palestine will be free
You will see


The land of Palestine soaked in blood red, at its heart
imprisoned by a barbed zionist star is the Dome of the Rock
which has come to symbolise al-Quds

Words... from a Palestinian Child to America


Br.Reza Kazim receiting a poem

Then Br.Reza Kazim receited a poem "Eye to Eye", a message from a Palestinian child to an American.

Download (shift-click) poem (real audio 3 min 38 sec 448Kb)

 

For the words to the poem please see: Eye to Eye

 


Whose side are you on?



Palestine dont you cry
We will neverlet you die


We support the Muslim uprising in Palestine

A Day For The Oppressed

"Quds Day is the day for the weak and oppressed to confront the arrogant powers, the day for those nations suffering under the pressure of American oppression and oppression by other powers to confront the superpowers...

Quds Day is the day when the fate of the oppressed nations should be determined. The oppressed nations should announce their existence against the oppressors, and just as Iran rose up and humiliated the oppressors... all the nations should rise up and throw these germs of corruption into the rubbish bin.

Quds Day is the day when those who conspire for the corrupt regime (Israel) and the superpowers in other regions should be put in their place. It is the day when we must strive to rescue Quds and deliver our brothers from these pressures.

Quds Day is the day when we must free all the oppressed from the clutches of the oppressors, the day when the Muslim community, when all the Muslims should announce their existence and warn the superpowers....

Quds Day is the day when the superpowers should be warned to stay at home and leave the oppressed alone.


The flag of the Islamic Republic joins the
sea of Palestinian and Hizbullah flags.

Israel, the enemy of mankind, the enemy of humanity, which is creating disturbances every day and is attacking our brothers..., must realise that its masters are no longer accepted in the world and must retreat. They must give up their ambitious designs, their hands must be severed from all the Islamic countries and their agents in these countries must step down.

Quds Day is the day for announcing such things, for announcing such things to the satans who want to push the Islamic nations aside and bring the superpowers into the arena.

Quds Day is the day to dash their hopes and warn them that those days are gone.

Quds Day is the day of Islam; it is the day when Islam should be revived..."

Imam Khomeini,
Ramadhan 1399AH (16th August 1979)



 
Quoting Imam Khomeini
"The Day of Quds is the Day of Islam and its Revival"



Photo of Imam Khamenai, the current leader of the Islamic State


Above the image of Muhammad al-Durra,
the child murdered by Israeli snipers, are the words
"Israel is the Enemy of Mankind and Humanity"


Sharon Sharon What do you say?
How many kids did you kill today?


The zionist star shattered to free the Dome of the Rock

The cause of hatred in the world...


Shaykh Bahmanpour explains the cause of hatred

The main address of the rally was given by the eminent Islamic scholar Shaykh Bahmanpour* :

Dear brother and sisters may God thank all of you for joining this march which is for justice and peace. I have to make a mention of Imam Khomeini (RA ) on this occasion who declared the last friday of Ramadan as Yamul Quds - the day for restoring peace and justice to Palestine.

Why do I call Yamul Quds a day and a march for peace? Because after the second world war the most outstanding element for the destabalisation of the world has been the state of Israel which has occupied Palestine. If you see terrorism today in the world (as you define it), if you see hatred going on everywhere in the world, it is because of the state of Israel.


Remembering the victims of zionist terrorism

A few days back the foreign minister Jack Straw while visiting the devastating scenes of the British consulate and HSB bank in Istanbul mentioned that he did not know what is the cause of all this hatred. Now I tell him, the cause for all this hatred is because you have created an illegitamate state in the heartland of Muslims and you have backed it, supported it, by all kinds of violence, terrorism, and all kinds of outrageous injustice.


Why should western states back the state of Israel - taking the whole world hostage this little zionist state, which is doomed to elimination?


And this is where we are now - a world full of hatred - hatred of Muslims for the west, hatred of the west for Muslims. This is all because of the state of Israel.

Eliminate Israel - eliminate hatred
Eliminate Israel - eliminate injustice

No where in the world now people whether Muslim, or Christians, or Jews will have justice peace and tranquility. Even the Jews living in all parts of the world, they are targets of hatred because of the state of Israel. So why should we back, why should western states back the state of Israel - taking the whole world hostage this little zionist state, which is doomed to elimination.

I tell you on behalf of the organisers, and I would like my voice to reach everyone:

Eliminate Israel - eliminate injustice; eliminate terrorism; eliminate fear in the world!


Israel is the Enemy of Mankind and Humanity

And this is the only way you could fight terrorism. If the twin towers are hit in the United States, if western targets are hit anywhere in the world - it is because of the hatred you yourselves have built during these decades, of supporting Israel, among Muslims and non-Muslims everywhere through out the world. We are not endorsing what the bombers do [suicide bombers do] in killing different people in different parts of the world, but this is where we are now. We are analysing the situation - this is the situation of the world, due to your support for Israel.


You are fighting the consequences and ignoring the cause. The cause is the state of Israel - its zionism


You are trying to fight terrorism by means which are not effective. Terrorism is not going to be eliminated. You are fighting the consequences and ignoring the cause. The cause is the state of Israel - its zionism. Why should we let the whole world be hostage for terror, for hatred, because of zionism and the state if Israel?

On this day I would say, and I am sure all of you agree in your hearts, that Israel is doomed to failure - Israel is doomed to destruction. The sooner it comes, the sooner the world would see the face of peace and justice.

We are all here for the cause of justice, for the cause of peace, and I am sure any good person in the world would understand that to support peace and justice they have to fight zionism in Israel"


Download (shift-click) recital (real audio 6 min 51 sec 844Kb)

* Hujjat-ul-Islam Mohammad Saeed Bahmanpour is the director of Islamic studies at The Islamic College for Advanced Studies, and a lecturer at the University of Cambridge. He has studied at the Islamic seminaries in Qum and also holds BA & MA degrees in sociology from Allameh Tabatabai University in Tehran. He has authored many books including a novel on the story of ashaab al-kahf which won the book of the year award in 1994. He is also credited with having written the screenplay for the renowned movie "The Blessed Saint Mary" which shows the life of Mary mother of Jesus from the Islamic persepective.

 


Mother and daughter with Palestinian flag


Marching outside Starbucks -
a company that is boycotted for its strong links to zionism


Sisters draped in Palestinian scarfs and Hizbullah flag



Above the image of Muhammad al-Durra,
the child murdered by Israeli snipers, are the words
"Israel is the Enemy of Mankind and Humanity"

Massoud Shadjareh ended the rally by thanking everyone on behalf of the Justice for Palestine committee, especially the Rabbis from the Neutera Karta, and stressed the message that the destruction of the state of Israel is important for all of us - "Muslims, Christians and Jews can all start living side by side in peace once this zionist cancer is removed from this earth". He also asked all to remember that the Palestinian issue is not just for one day a year - we must struggle everyday on their behalf and remember to boycott israeli goods every single day.


Download (shift-click) recital (real audio 1 min 10 sec 148Kb)

 


Dome of the Rock


The flag of victory - Hizbullah, with a portrait of a just and
fearless leadership - Imam Khomeini.
Compare this with the defeated, collaborating PA and its corrupt
sponsors - the arab client regimes - Mubarak, Saud, Hussein, et el.
More on this issue:
Lecture: Palestine - An Islamic Approach
Article: Hizbullah's Gift To Palestine


Four flags

Video of Quds Day

A 13 minute video is available showing the march and rally. It included interesting interviews with some of the non-Muslim marchers and video of Shaykh Bahmanpour's speech.

Download (right-click) video (real media) 150kbps, dur:13min, size:15Mb

 

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